POEM TRANSLATION ECHOES 478 WITH NOTES
sun hidden by mist
start straight walk on destined path
obstacles test will
setbacks are not goal
step back, learn and move ahead
timeless tough trials
change never stand still
learn smart on stormy street scene
no fixed road to end
means must meet meaning
stand firm on aspiration
We need strong aspiration to do well or good for our goal setting. Our destination may not be well defined or visible yet, if obstacles block the view ahead. Yet we know it is the path we need to walk. For a start, it is best to walk straight and upright, for one wrong misstep, will derail the destined journey, and end up in ghost or fairy land. Courage and mental alertness are requisites to overcome whatever hardships on the way. Obstacles are challenges to test our will and provide lessons along the trail; in fact they take away the boredom of an easy start. Setbacks are not our goal; they provide rest to rethink our plan and goal. Are the effort spent conducive to our initial aspiration, or they have moved away? The retraction or back stepping requires agility of mind and courage; only mindless bulls rush forward with the adrenalin of youth. In contrast, our government practices a kind of selective socialism and “Robinhood typo” of welfare for the dominant race; the autocratic father wheels contestants to the assumed destination. Despite half a century of coddle, the obsession continued in vain.
“…life full of care
(abundant) time to stand and stare” (Time to Stop and Stare by William Henry Davies).
Technology is changing at dizzy speed, and so is digital time. There is no fixed road to our destination, and the attitude towards the goal may change before arrival. Yet the means must be moral and in tune with the aspiration to achieve the end. We cannot fight to achieve for our kind over the dead bodies of others. If the pivot becomes brittle due to sclerosed mindset, then all the pillars of multiculturalism will fall apart. A destablised nation will not benefit any race at all. If the aspiration is immoral even on strong conviction, the destination cannot be clear and clean. In the travail of journey, we learn from living experiences, balance and righting our aspiration and destination. Be humble to learn from successful states and persons.